Ben McAdoo was so disoriented by the attendance at Giants practice on Monday, he had a hard time finding the words to describe the players who returned from injury.
“Good to see a lot of new faces out there on the field,” he said at first, before realizing that most of the ones he was speaking about — safeties Darian Thompson and Nat Berhe and tackle Marshall Newhouse — had in fact been with the Giants all season and were hardly new.
“Old faces,” he said before then deciding that they also qualified the other way and going back to his original thought. “New faces.”
Whatever their vintage, the Giants were glad to have them back. All 53 members of the active roster were at least limited if not full participants in a short welcome-back workout on Monday as the team returned from the bye.
Berhe was cleared from the concussion protocol after missing three games. Thompson missed four games with a foot injury and although he admitted the injury is not 100 percent healed, he said he feels he is “moving on the right track.” There is a very good chance the two of them will be available for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, marking the first time since Week 2 against the Saints that the projected secondary of the Giants will be intact.
Thompson also dismissed the idea that he’ll be “rusty” after missing so much time.
“As far as I’m concerned I’m ready to go,” he said.
That also seemed to be the attitude of Newhouse, who said he has been running and working out for several weeks despite being inactive with a calf injury that knocked him from the starting lineup and had him replaced by Bobby Hart. There is a good chance Newhouse will not get that job back when fully healthy, something he said he is not concerned about.
“I know I’m an asset, I know I have a place here,” Newhouse told Newsday. “I’ll just handle it when it gets here.”
Newhouse said his relegation to the sideline in practices and games has “been doctors’ decisions.” Asked when he will return, he said: “You have to ask them. I’ve done what I can do . . . I have my own decisions that I can make but I’m at their will at the end of the day.”
For a lot of Giants coming off injuries, Wednesday will be a better tell of where they stand for the Eagles game. That’s the first full practice of the week.
“But,” McAdoo said, “today was a good start to the week.”